The Best of Slovenia with Alpine Region
Duration: 6 nights
Prices include: Flights
The Best of Slovenia with Alpine Region
This itinerary will give you the best of both worlds, staying in luxury accommodation whilst exploring some of Slovenia's best main attractions and unique architecture.
You will get to experience the very best of Slovenia from the ground, the water and the skies. A boat ride on the Ljubljanica River is a very relaxing way to take in the sights of this beautiful capital from a vantage point, sailing along on a handmade wooden boat and under picturesque bridges. Enjoy magnificent panoramic views of the city and its surroundings from Ljubljana Castle or go underground to explore the hidden natural Postojna Caves boasting an astonishing diversity of karstic formations. It is renowned for being one of the most famous caves in the world.
Another remarkable and natural attraction you will discover on the tour is the Vintgar Gorge. Experience the most intact nature of Bled in the first touristically arranged gorge in Slovenia. The gorge attracts increasing numbers of visitors each year who come to see the spectacular rapids and the largest waterfall in Slovenia.
For those with an interest in equestrian history and traditions, a visit to Stud Farm is a must. Your visit includes a carriage ride on the estate, a private visit to the stalls and a picnic lunch.
There is so much to see and do on this itineray, with something for everyone, whether you are a nature lover, an adventure seeker, a history and culture enthusiast or simply seeking a change to relax and unwind in luxury accommodation, you are sure to be impressed.
Arrive at Ljubljana Airport. Check in at Cubo Hotel. This boutique hotel provides all the services that are usually offered by big hotels, and somehow still manages to preserve an intimate atmosphere. Hotel Cubo is perfectly located – just a short walk away from the city centre.
Start your day with a great breakfast then meet your guide in the lobby of the hotel for a sight-seeing tour of Ljubljana's Old Town taking in the capital's main attractions. The guide will explain you Ljubljana's history and show you some of the nicest corners of Slovenia's capital: The Town Hall, a walking tour of Plečnik's architectural masterpieces, Križanke open-air theatre, the Napoleon monument, Central Food market, Prešeren square, Congress Square, the Triple Bridge, the Dragon Bridge and other.
The old city centre of Ljubljana is remarkable for its unique architecture designed by Baroque and Art Nouveau masters and, above all, the architect Jože Plečnik.
Boat Ride on Ljubljanica River
No trip to Ljubljana is complete without taking a water-based tour, and the handmade wooden boat operated by the young team at Laker Craft is definitely the most inviting of all the crafts plying the waters of Ljubljanica river. A ride lasts just under an hour and covers the majority of the old town's major sights from a unique vantage point. The 10m flat-bottomed vessel is constructed of solid larch and oak wood and can host up to 50 people at a time.
Visit to Ljubljana Castle
You will take the funicular ride and ascend to the castle. Ljubljana's most prominent landmark is Ljubljana Castle, which has undergone numerous changes over its rich and dynamic history. In the company of a guide, you can take a virtual tour called Virtual Castle, visit the Outlook Tower and the castle's prison, and can view the exhibition Slovenian History. Your guide will also take you around other parts of the castle and show you an early 19th century well with a wooden treadwheel crane for hoisting water, which is still operational today. This is a wonderful opportunity for photo enthusiasts, as it offers magnificent panoramic views of the city and its surroundings.
Visit Postojna Cave (Option 1)
Postojna Cave / A fantastic web of tunnels, passages, galleries and halls, Postojna Cave boasts an astonishing diversity of karstic formations. This, as well as the cave’s easy access, helps explain its enduring popularity: over the past 200 years, Postojna Cave has enchanted some 35 million visitors. One of the most famous caves in the world, and one of the largest karst cave systems on earth, it is also Slovenia’s greatest tourist attraction. Many books have been written about Postojna Cave since the early 19th century, including nearly 100 tourist guidebooks dedicated to the cave system. The temperature in Postojna cave is a constant 9°C / 48°F with high humidity, so you can easily get cold. Warm and comfortable clothes and walking shoes are advised. Although there can be some dripping in the cave, the walking paths are not slippery.
Predjama Castle (Option 1)
Predjama Castle is situated in the middle of a towering cliff, a mere 9 km from Postojna Cave. Picturesque, magnificent, defiant, mysterious and impregnable, it has been dominating the surrounding area, perched high up in the 123-metre high cliff, for more than 800 years. It is listed among the Guinness World Records as the largest cave castle in the world.Lipica
Stud Farm Experience with a Picnic (Option 2)
Lipica Stud Farm is the original home of Lipizzaner horses. The charms of the Lipica Stud Farm are hidden in the unseen, the stories written by the local history. Only when walking on the historical paths we can truly experience the greatness of the local equestrian tradition. The history of Lipica is closely intertwined with the Habsburgs and the time when horse was considered an ideal and was at the time a crucial strategic advantage. The Lipica story begins in the 16th century when the abandoned summer residence became the court stud farm.
Your experience at Lipica Stud Farm includes:
- A Carriage ride on a estate
- A Visit of stalls with private guide
- Picnic on the estate
Check in at Grand Hotel Toplice - The elegance of romantic views! Nearly a century of stories written at the Grand Hotel Toplice are alive on the banks of Lake Bled – a “serene paradise”. Write your own. The Grand Hotel Toplice is located on the shore of Lake Bled, from where you can admire the loveliest views of the lake, Bled Island and Bled Castle.
Step into the hotel with the longest tradition in Bled and listen to the stories whispered by the rustic parquet beneath your feet and emanating from the romantic furniture with a history spanning over 80 years. Let yourself be taken to a world where time passed slower. The healing thermal spring murmuring below the hotel and the beds customised to offer you the maximum comfort will lull you into a restful sleep. Just like so many eminent guests before you. You will feel the sense of tradition and a special charm upon first setting foot in the hotel and your very first contact with the receptionist. Give your story time to be written in the history of our hotel in capital letters.
Private “Pletna” Boat Ride to Bled Island
Take a trip across the lake in the traditional Pletna boat and breathe in the atmosphere. You will experience a private boat ride to the island of Bled. Just you, the oarsman and tranquility all around. What is a “Pletna” boat? It is a traditional boat made by the locals which is only known for Bled. The origins of the Pletna boat go back to 1590. The Pletna boat is a wooden flat-bottom boat with a pointed bow and the stern widened with a step to enable passengers to enter. The Pletna boat is operated by the Pletna oarsman. This profession is highly respected as it cannot be performed just by anyone. The title of the Pletna oarsman was handed down from generation to generation. This is a must-try.
Visit Bled Island, the Church, the Wishing Bell and the Tower
The most recognizable symbol of the lake is this island and the Church of the Assumption with its long and diverse history. What is more, the lush greenery also hides other interesting island buildings, like the bell-tower, the church, the chaplain's house, the provost's house and some mysterious legends. If you're lucky, you might witness a wedding on this island.
And as far as the wishing bell goes. . . well, superstitious or not, make a wish and ring away!
Visit to Bled Castle
The mighty Bled Castle offers the finest views of Bled island, the town of Bled and the wider countryside of Upper Carniola region. If you want to get a glimpse Bled's history, culture and people, visit the Bled Castle Museum.
Get familiar with the traditional manual technological procedures of printing in the castle’s printing shop.
Why not order a small bottle of wine in the castle’s cellar? Restore your health with natural products from the herbal gallery and recover your strength in the castle’s restaurant and then visit the multi vision museum.
In the summer months, the castle’s atmosphere is enlivened by the count’s visit and an archery tournament.
Visit of Vintgar Gorge
Experience the most intact nature of Bled in the first touristically arranged gorge in Slovenia.Due to its natural beauty, Vintgar was classified among the more important tourist sights in Slovenia and the number of visitors increases every year.Vintgar gorge carves its way through the vertical rocks of the Hom and Bort hills and is graced by the Radovna with its waterfalls, pools and rapids. The Vintgar gorge also includes two man-made sights. The single-arch stone bridge of the Bohinj railway, constructed in 1906, which crosses the gorge 33.5 m above the trail, and the dam from which the water is routed to the small Vintgar hydroelectric power plant under the Šum waterfall. It is a must-impress attraction. The Bled's Vintgar leaves an impression on every visitor. Its steep depths, vertical walls, Rapid River beneath, vegetation and the largest waterfall in Slovenia are all intended to impress.
Start your day with a great breakfast. Meet your guide in the hotel lobby ready to start a Private Tour of Lake Bohinj. Bohinj is a part of the breathtaking Julian Alps and lies in Triglav National Park. On one side, it is enclosed by the Lower Bohinj Mountains, which rise to 2.000 meters, and on the other by the Triglav mountain range with Mount Triglav as Slovenia`s highest mountain (2864 m).
Bohinj is divided into two parts – the Upper and the Lower Bohinj valley. There are twenty-four villages in these two valleys. The natural beauty of high mountains, lush forests and beautiful mountain pastures and meadows guarantee a pleasant stay. It is an ideal starting point for daytime adventures, such as mountaineering and climbing tours and walks on the winding trails that run throughout the valley. It offers great options and opportunities for rest and relaxation in all seasons. In winter, the valley becomes a winter sports center, while during summer, the most beautiful pearl of the valley, Lake Bohinj along with Sava Bohinjka, invite outdoorsmen to spend an active day in nature.
In the afternoon the Vogel Mountain Cable Car Ride with Homemade Lunch is a must. Vogel lies within the Triglav National Park, at the head of Bohinj Valley. The Vogel cable car will take you to the upper cable car station at a height of more than 1,500 meters above sea level. Enjoy picture- postcard views and the abundance of opportunities for active holidays in the mountains. Favourable snow conditions make Vogel the perfect destination for skiing on natural snow, sometimes for as long as six months – from November to May. And in other seasons, Vogel offers scenic rides and convenient starting points for mountain hiking tours.
Hike to Savica Waterfall
The Savica Waterfall is one of, if not, the most famous waterfall in Slovenia. Cascading some 78 m into a crystal-clear pool below, it was immortalised by Slovene poet France Prešeren in his poem 'Krst pri Savici'. Formed of two drops, roughly shaped like an A, the lesser being just 25 m, it is feed underground from the slopes of Komarča and the Seven Lakes Valley and forms part of upper section of the Sava Bohinjka River.
Overnight in the Hotel
Enjoy a breakfast at the hotel before checking out. Drive to Ljubljana (LJU) Airport for your flight home.
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